Glimpsing a of reality of war

20:52, May 27 2014
josh howard
RARE IMAGES: Josh Howard of Timaru Boys' High School looks at a photo of a group of Australian soldiers repairing the pump used to draw water from a well in Shrapnel Valley.

Historic Anzac photos and stories were shared at Timaru Boys' High School yesterday.

Twenty rare images of New Zealand and Australian soldiers in World War I were displayed at the school's Memorial Library.

The images depict the sea journey to Gallipoli, how the soldiers lived in the trenches, right up until the very end of the battle, and their graves.

Students also heard stories about the young men who fought and died in the war from the Australian History Teachers' Association's educator, Geoff Lewis.

The retired history teacher from New South Wales has been touring South Island secondary schools with the images, on loan from the Australian War Memorial.

Lewis said everyone who saw the exhibition, titled "Common values", said it was fantastic, although some students looked shocked and horrified by the conditions soldiers faced, including the beds dug in the ground.

He commonly gets asked why there were no photos of fighting, which he explained was because all the fighting took place in the dark of night.

Year 9 student Josh Howard said it was cool seeing what it was like during the war as he had not seen anything like it before.


The Timaru Herald